Parshat Shoftim
August 21-22nd | 2 Elul 5780

B'nai David-Judea Membership

  • Coronavirus: View our BDJ Calendar!  For mental health resources, click hereIf you are a member experiencing financial distress, please be in touch with Rav Yosef & Rabbanit Alissa.

Sign up for Weekday Minyan: Register Here. Please complete BDJ's 
Liability Form if you have not yet done so.

B'nai David-Judea's
Virtual Learning and Chesed 
is sponsored by
  • Rachel Grose and David Waghalter in honor of Rabbi Kanefsky for being mesader kiddushin at the wedding of Miriam & Netanel Shedlo.
Kabbalat Shabbat with Dov Rosenblatt and the Clergy
Join Dov, Rav Yosef, and Rabbanit Alissa for a musical Kabbalat Shabbat.
Bring your Siddur and daven along!
  • Parshat Shoftim
    • Dvar Torah from Rabbanit Alissa can be found here.
    • Covenant & Conversation with Rabbi Sacks: A Sage is Greater than a Prophet can be found here.
      • Accompanying Family Edition can be found here
    • The Orthodox Union's Project Resolve Together Shabbat family discussion guide can be downloaded hereLearn more at
  • Candle Lighting: 7:14 PM
  • Mincha After: 1:28 PM 
  • Havdalah: 8:10 PM
Shabbat Minyanim
Friday Night: 7:00 PM at the Blumofe Backyard

Shabbat Morning
9:00 AM: The Zelkha Backyard (New)
9:00 AM: Kellner Backyard Minyan
9:45 AM: Blumofe Backyard Minyan

Shabbat Evening: 6:50 PM at the Blumofe Backyard

Thank you again to our hosts - the Blumofe, Kellner, and Zelkha families- and to all those helping in getting the minyanim set up this week! 
No further registrations are being accepted for this week and walk-ins will not be allowed.  
  • Mazal Tov: to David Silberstein and Tamar Meszaros on the Bar Mitzvah, earlier today, of their son Alex.
  • Mazal Tov: To Andrea & Larry Gill on the engagement of their son Micah Gill to Lital Berger!
  • Mazal Tov: To Joel Kosh, Baila Hall, and family on the birth of a baby boy! 
  • Mazal Tov: To Rachel Grose & David Waghalter on the marriage of their daughter Miriam Waghalter to Netanel Shedlo!
  • Mazal Tov: To Felisa and David Felsenthal on the Aliyah of their daughter Amira!
  • Condolences: To Adi Hepner on the passing of her grandfather, Malvin Ross, Moshe Ben Melech z"l. You may find Malvin's obituary here.
See our BDJ Calendar for the most up-to-date info. 
If you would like to sync that calendar with our own, log into your BDJ account and then click here!
BDJ Community Blood Drive - Full!

Sunday, August 23, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Panim El Panim
Wednesday, August 26th at 12 PM
Join via Zoom
Town Hall: High Holidays at BDJ
Wednesday, August 26th at 8:00 PM
Join via Zoom, Register Here
Shiur B'Ivrit 
with Rena Selya Cohen
Thursday, August 27th at 8:00 PM
Join Zoom meeting here.
Parents with Children in Public/Private School Connect!
We've created a Whatsapp group for Parents with Children in Public/Private School (non-day school) to help with sharing resources and information among families. 
Teen Minyan
with Dov Rosenblatt
Shabbat, August 29th
Additional details to come
Baking: Apple Honey Crown Challah Class
with Rabbanit Alissa and Rebecca Blum, owner of Piety LA
Tuesday, September 1st at 7:30 PM
An ingredient list for the challah bake will be coming shortly!
Join Zoom meeting here.
Book Club: Elul Edition 'To Heal a Fractured World'
with Rabbanit Alissa and Deb Brandt-Sarif
Tuesday, September 8th at 7:30 PM
Join Zoom meeting here.
YP Torah on Tap!
Wednesday, September 9th at 7:30 PM
Join Zoom meeting here.
Leyl Shira: Singing The Chagim Melodies We Cherish
with Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky and our Chagim Daveners
Tuesday, September 15th at 7:30 PM
Join Zoom meeting here.
Town Hall: High Holidays at BDJ
Wednesday, August 26th at 8:00 PM
Join via Zoom, Register Here
Community-Wide Virtual Meeting to review our plans for the holidays. We thank you for partnering with us and we look forward -- with God's help -- to welcoming 5781 together as a BDJ Family (in all of the ways we can!). 
Learning and Selichot:
Envisioning My 5781 And Making Sense Of My 5780
Motzei Shabbat, September 12th at 10:00 PM
Join via Zoom
Learning with Rav Yosef and Rabbanit Alissa followed by Selichot with
Josh Sharfman.
Community Shofar Initiative:
Presented by The OU West Coast Team
It is extremely important for each of our community members to have access to תקיעת שופר. If you are able to blow shofar on Rosh Hashana, please complete this form.
Opening Your Virtual Gates: 
Making Online High Holiday Celebrations Accessible to All
Presented by: RespectAbility
View the Accessible Virtual High Holiday Toolkit here.
Thank you again to our volunteers who have already provided much needed support! As a reminder, Josh Kahn is leading our volunteer efforts and can be reached at Current BDJ efforts include phone calls and deliveries (food/medication).
BDJ Community Blood Drive

Thursday, September 10th 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

You can sign up here.

Tikkun Corona Lunch
Wednesday, August 26th

Our next Tikkun Corona Lunch recipient is:
The Staff at Project Angel Food
Project Angel Food prepares and delivers healthy meals to feed people impacted by serious illness, bringing comfort and hope every day. Due of the suspension of their volunteer services, as a result of COVID-19, Project Angel Food's staff has been working tirelessly to continue operating uninterrupted as an essential service throughout the pandemic. For life. For love. For as long as it takes.
If you'd like to support this Tikkun Corona Lunch, donate here
Eloise Feldman's Chesed Project
Donation Deadline: Sunday, August 30th at 9:00 AM
To donate, click here
In honor of Eloise's Bat Mitzvah, she has chosen to postpone all public celebration until after the pandemic. Meanwhile, for her Chesed Project, she wants to raise money and awareness for the needs of immunodeficient individuals by crafting homemade jewelry for donations to the Immune Deficiency Foundation. The jewelry will be designed from specialty material and tools (although no precious metals or stones) and will range from simple to elaborate bracelets and necklaces.
The deadline for donating for jewelry will be Sunday morning, 9:00am PDT, August 30, 2020. The top ten donors at that point will get to make requests for customized jewelry, with the very top donor getting two pieces. Everyone else (up to at least the top 30, maybe more) that donated at that point gets to select from pre-made jewelry, with priority based on donation rank. And no matter who you are, if you can give anything at all, you have the gratitude of Eloise, her family, the foundation, and a whole lot of people that could really use the help in these challenging times!
The Julie Beren Platt Teen Innovation Grants
Application Deadline Thursday, September 17, 2020
Learn more and apply here
Sojourn's Fall Domestic Violence Counselor 40 Hour Training 
Apply here.
If you have any follow-up questions, please contact Alex Atienzo at
UCLA TIES for Families Parent Workshop
Saturday, August 29 from 10-11:30am, via Zoom
Register here.
Learn how to protect young people from bullying, abuse, and other violence in ways that are empowering and fun - not scary. In this free online class for adults, you'll learn skills you can use and teach to help kids be safer right away.
If you have any follow-up questions, please contact Paisha Allmendinger at
COVID-19 Rent Relief: 
August 17th - August 31st
To learn more or apply, visit or dial 2-1-1
Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors created a COVID-19 Rent Relief program. The goal is to assist 8,000 to 9,000 low-income renters who have struggled to pay rent because of the pandemic. The program is available to all County residents who qualify, except residents living in the City of Los Angeles. 
Voting in LA County this November? Know Your Options:
Beginning October 6
LA County will mail all registered voters a Vote by Mail ballot. Sign up to track your ballot and learn more about Voting by Mail in Los Angeles County.

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